On Sunday, Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was beaned on the elbow by Indians right-hander (and former teammate) Ubaldo Jimenez.
UPDATE: Rockies want Jimenez suspended and manager Jim Tracy called Jimenez's act "gutless."
First, the backstory: Jimenez had an acrimonious exit from Colorado, which stemmed from anger over his contract status. The Rockies signed Tulowitzki and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez to lengthy and pricey extensions, but Jimenez received no such consideration. Eventually, he was dealt to Cleveland at last year's non-waiver trade deadline.
Recently, Jimenez expressed his anger over what he perceived as his mistreatment by the Rockies. Tulowitzki responded: "If someone doesn't want to be here we always say, 'Please, go up to the manager and tell him you want to leave or that you don't think this is the best place for you.' That was kind of the case with him [Jimenez]."
So whether by design or accident, Jimenez on Sunday drilled Tulowitzki on the elbow his first time up. Benches cleared, and words were exchanged. For his part, Jimenez denied intent and blamed the incident on a lack of control (of his pitches, that is).
As for the post-beaning dramatics, Jimenez blamed Tulowitzki. "The thing that got started was, he was calling me out (from the batters box). I mean, I'm a man," Jimenez said. "If somebody calls me out, I have to go. He was calling me chicken. He was calling me names."
After being struck, Tulowitzki was removed from the game and then underwent x-rays on his elbow, which turned out negative. Troy Renck of the Denver Post tweets that Tulo will be sidelined for the next few days because of swelling.
Fans of intrigue, meanwhile, will be disappointed to learn that the Rockies and Indians do not meet in interleague play this season.